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Lowcountry Artist Creates The Future from the Past By: Liz Mitchell

Hank D. Herring

that she might use to stamp her note cards or gift items

creates his unique

such as scarves for her wedding party.

graphics from found or rescued

Hank’s adinkra symbols are produced in wood, metal or

materials such

almost any medium, to be used as stamps or as beauti-

as driftwood, dis-

ful framed art. Adinkra symbols are visuals originating

carded metals or

in West Africa to represent concepts or attitudes of

fabrics, using the


natural textures and patterns that exist.

He teaches at the Children’s Educational Village in Atlanta as the village printmaker and continually shows

“Using rescued materials…reminds me that the future

his passion for the community and the arts through

can be created from the past,” he said.

public events and forums. He’s always smiling and his big personality is infectious. A native of Rose Hill, NC,

He learned whittling from his two grandfathers and

Hank shows his work and hosts rotating shows of many

quilting from his mother and grandmothers, crediting

regional artists in his frame shop and gallery, the Green

his family with artistic stimulation. He taught himself

Herring Gallery, in the historic George Elliot House in

to draw and paint after an uncle gave him art supplies.

downtown Beaufort, SC.

He creates original wood stamps used for batiking, and

“Art should stir your soul and ignite your imagination,” is

then the stamps themselves become pieces of art. Each

his motto. His work exhibits his deep imagination and is

one is a handmade original. You name it, and he can

sure to stir some souls.

create it. A popular stamp is that of a new bride’s initials


Iconic Magazine FEB2013  

Iconic Magazine's Introductory Issue.

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